Bone Rattler by Eliot Pattison
A Mystery of Colonial America

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In a novel rich in historical detail, acclaimed author Eliot Pattison reconsiders the founding of America and explores how disenfranchised people of any age and place struggle to find justice, how conflicting cultures can be reconciled through compassion and tolerance, and ultimately how the natural world has its own morality.
Aboard a British convict ship bound for the New World, protagonist Duncan McCallum witnesses a series of murders and apparent suicides among his fellow Scottish prisoners. A strange trail of clues leads Duncan into the New World and eventually thrusts him into the bloody maw of the French and Indian War. Duncan is indentured to the British Lord Ramsey, whose estate in the uncharted New York woodlands is a Heart of Darkness where multiple warring factions are engaged in physical, psychological, and spiritual battle.
Exploring a frontier world shrouded in danger and defying death in a wilderness populated by European settlers, Indian shamans, and mysterious scalping parties, Duncan, the exiled chief of his near-extinct Scottish clan, finds that sometimes justice cannot be reached unless the cultures and spirits of those involved are appeased.

About Eliot Pattison

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Eliot Pattison is the author of The Skull Mantra, which won the Edgar Award and was a finalist for the Gold Dagger, as well Water Touching Stone and Bone Mountain. Pattison is a world traveler and frequent visitor to China, and his numerous books and articles on international policy issues have been published around the world.
Published March 1, 2009 by Counterpoint. 465 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sprung from a forced labor camp, disgraced Beijing Public Security Investigator Shan Tao Yan is now, in his third appearance (Water Touching Stone, 2001, etc.), a somewhat wiser, certainly sadder investigator of mysteries both metaphysical and mundane.

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Unfairly imprisoned in 1759 as an indentured servant on a British convict ship approaching the New World, young Duncan McCallum goes from depression to deathly despair upon the death of Adam Monroe, his only close friend on board.

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Readers with little knowledge of Tibet's religion and history may have difficulty following the plot with its large cast of varied, well-drawn Tibetans, Chinese and Americans, countless treks through rugged, stunning landscapes and the numerous side plots—including several murders—some of which a...

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Duncan McCallum is traveling with fellow Scottish prisoners to the New World where they will join a New Community, which provides them with another option besides execution.

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Set upon the turmoil of the French and Indian War, Bone Rattler is a mystery that interweaves a number of story lines and diverse characters, and in the processes creates an unforgettable and complex story that will have you sitting up late into the night trying to finish the book before the next...

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